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Fans were treated to a dazzling display of elegance on the ice as the Holiday Festival on Ice returned to the Langley Events Centre for the second straight year.
Team GB's squad for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games swelled to 16 after the British Olympic Association announced six figure skaters will be making the trip.
Patrick Chan performs during the Grand Prix final, where he would finish with silver for the second straight year.
His is a sport where performance is everything -- from the flamboyant routines to the glitzy outfits to the interaction with the crowd.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi are less than two months away, but Evan Lysacek won't be skating.
In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek poses for a portrait at the 2013 Team USA Media Summit, in Park City, Utah.
When the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team is revealed following nationals in January, reigning men's gold medalist Evan Lysacek's name will not be on the roster, according to a Dec. 10 announcement by U.S. Figure Skating.
Valentine's Day next year and it will be three decades since Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean graced the ice of Sarajevo with passion, poise and panache to become the highest-scoring ice dancers in Winter Olympic history.
That "tightening," which intensified when Russian President Vladimir Putin returned to power last year and immediately set about silencing any form of opposition to his notoriously crooked government, has reached a fever pitch in the months leading up to Russia's hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi this February.
Evan Lysacek woke up every morning praying this would be the day the excruciating pain in his left hip - "like you're being electrocuted" - would subside.
A look at Russian skaters' performance at the recent Grand Prix and what it could mean for the Olympic hopefuls.
It's analysis time again. The big news in ladies skating this past weekend was the fact that the two favorites for Olympic gold were both competing at the same time, though in different countries.
Great Britain will be eligible to send an additional figure skater to compete at next year's Winter Olympics after qualifying for the new-look team event in Sochi.
Athletes representing 10 different nations will compete for gold in the inaugural figure skating team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, according to a Dec. 9 reveal by the International Skating Union .
Canadian ski cross athlete Marielle Thompson, centre, won gold on Saturday, ahead of Switzerland's silver medallist Fanny Smith, left, and Ophelie David of France.